MASTERCLASS: Nicolle Egan ran a Master class at the Gun Room last week for lucky participants to learn about, and how to use, the Caudalie cosmetic range which is sold there. They also received an individual prescription whilst enjoying a glass of Sussex sparkling wine and took home a goody bag. Chemists, working at a Bordeaux vineyard, noted many of the parts of the vine and grapes had properties used in skincare and so the cosmetic range was developed. The Rathfinny Wine Estate’s Gun Room is a natural outlet for the vine based make-up. It was also the week when a variety of skills were demonstrated in the village at the Saturday Skills Cafe. Twice the size of last year’s event it was well attended by a variety of artists working in wood, glass, metal, wool, cotton, paints, paper and more, and very well supported by visitors.

MUCH ADO BOOKS: It is that time of the year again when Christmas is being talked about and decorations and gift ideas are being displayed in the shops. It is still early but many presents have to be sent overseas and so perhaps not too early. The first floor of Much Ado has been given over to’ Christmas cornucopia of literary delights and vintage finds’ to quote the recent Much Ado Newsletter. Cate and Nash spend time throughout the year designing and making Christmas Stockings, each stocking having an individual design and they are on sale in the shop now. The money raised from the sale of the stockings goes towards the Prospero’s Project. Prospero’s Project was started by Cate Olson and Nash Robbins to benefit organisations connected with literacy; this year’s recipient will be announced shortly.

DIARY DATE: Bill Bryson will be visiting Much Ado Books on November 21 from 10 am to sign copies of his very favourably reviewed new book, The Road to Little Dribbling. The book’s front cover shows Mr Bryson skipping to the Seven Sisters which he (rightly) sites as one of the loveliest parts of the Country.

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